Thatching many roofs

We are finally enjoying some warm weather!

On building 851 we have started the ridge capping, using a roll of wheat straw to provide a guide, we folded rush over the ridge and are going to secure it using a hazel sway on each side tied with willow. We should finish this tomorrow.

Gareth removes the excess rafter from the roof of building 851.

Gareth removes the excess rafter from the roof of building 851.

We have also started thatching on the other two buildings. On building 547 we are thatching a section using water reed. The reed is held in place using hazel sways, these are tied through to the ringbeams below with willow ties. We think that this makes a very neat finish.

Three layers of thatch on building 547.

Three layers of thatch on building 547.

While on building 848 we are using wheat straw attached in the same way as the water reed on building 547. We are also trying some experimental thatching using rush on the adjoining section of roof. We are using these test sections to establish which methods provide the best coverage.

The two types of thatch on building 848.

The two types of thatch on building 848.

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